Wang Yu played Lu Fang, the grandson of a famous Ming general, who had broken the encirclement (at war front) and came to Mati village, where he saw a young woman was taken to a mill.
It was the Mati's head village who kidnapped the magistrate's daughter and kept her in the mill. The villagers wanted the magistrate to cut their provisions. The county magistrate forced them for provisions [although the imperial court had exempted their provision]. There was a war and the villagers had no food.
Minister Yuan would pass by in 2-3 days and the head village had written a petition, reporting the corruption of the magistrate. So the magistrate must have taken care of the matter before the minister arrived.
Instead of giving what the villagers had demanded, the magistrate hired a killer and freed bandits from his jail so they could work for him. Why the magistrate didn't simply give the villagers what they demanded? They only wanted the magistrate not to take their food. They were poor and the food collected from them should not be much. Yet the magistrate chose to spend money from his treasury to hire the bandits. Furthermore, the outcome was unpredictable, even dangerous, because bandits were not reliable.
|Master Yan and Huang Liang|
|The head village's son is digging a grave for his sister|
|Looks like a coffin is buried here.|
So where's the hole dug by the head village's son?
|Huang Liang said to the maid,|
"They are coming. I'll stop them. You go to rescue Mr. Lu."
|Lu Fang finds out that the wine has been poisoned|
|Huang Liang finds the petition in a stream.|
The head village must have used a permanent ink.